MARDAN - The four-day anti-polio campaign ‘Sehat ka Ittehad’ drive kicked off in the district on Monday. Member of National Assembly (MNA) of Pakistan Threek-e-Insaf (PTI) Mujahid Khan launched the campaign by administering anti-polio drops to the children at the Medical Superintendent office of District Headquarter hospital, Mardan.

Execute District Officer (EDO) Health Dr Habibullah Khattak, Medical Superintendent (MS) Nighar Khan, Dr Tahir Khan, Coordinator anti-polio campaign, UNICEF Representatives Zawar Hussain, Bakhat Zaman and other health officers were also present on the occasion. Talking to media persons, Dr Tahir Khan said that 3,64,993 children will be vaccinated during the campaign. He said for this purpose, 956 teams were organized. “Out of total 834 are mobile teams, 91 fixed teams and 31 transit teams,” he added. He said that out of 79 union councils of the district, 27 were declared high security risk.

He said that each team comprises two health officials and two police constables. He said that during last week a person who showed himself representative of TTP Fazlullah group threw a letter to the office of in-charge polio campaign at Lundkhwar hospital. “In the letter, Dr. Tahir Khan said, the alleged militant warned doctors and other staff against taking part in the anti-polio campaign. He said if anyone takes part in the anti-polio campaign strict action would be taken against them. He said that in this connection he also wrote a letter to deputy commissioner and other high-ups.

However, he said that more security was provided to the polio teams in Lundkhwar area to avoid any untoward incident. He said that the refusal children number is decreased to 270. He said that during this campaign the main focus is to cover the refusal cases and bring their number to zero. He urged the elders to play their role for creating awareness among the people of their respective areas.